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February 2016 Archives

Study connects sleep deprivation with false confessions

Arizona residents may be familiar with research linking false confessions with a controversial law enforcement tactics such as the Reid technique. This type of high-pressure approach is employed by police officers when they are dealing with uncooperative and truculent suspects, but poorly educated or mentally challenged individuals may sometimes confess to crimes that they did not commit just to put an end to the questioning.

Recommendations for reducing diagnostic errors

Diagnostic errors have a significant effect on patients in Texas and throughout the United States. About 5 percent of people in outpatient settings are affected annually by delayed, missed or wrong diagnoses. Diagnostic errors are contributing factors in about 10 percent of patient deaths and account for up to 17 percent of hospitals' adverse events.

The Problem With Prescription Drug Abuse & Young People In Arizona

The abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise throughout the country and in Arizona. What is particularly troubling is that young people are a growing demographic when it comes to prescription drug abuse. Whether they are stealing it from their parents or buying illegal prescription drugs from classmates, it is a serious concern. In addition to health and safety concerns, there is also the potential for serious criminal charges.

Understaffing at hospitals can result in errors

Many Arizona hospital patients know that there are not enough nurses to meet the demand. This shortage leads to medical staff who are often overtaxed, leading to a reduced ability to provide the best care possible. As the baby boomers continue to advance in age, the shortage of nurses is only expected to continue.

Legal implications in false confession cases

Arizona residents might be familiar with the Netflix documentary entitled "Making a Murderer". The series addresses the false confession of an individual who was 16 years old at the time a female photographer was murdered in 2005. A similar false confession case occurred in 2009, involving a man who allegedly raped and strangled a female neighbor in 1993. Both cases bear similarities to each other, especially the fact that an interrogation method known as the Reid Technique was used with the defendants.

Prescription errors

When Arizona residents need to take medication, they rely on both their physician to prescribe the correct medication and dosage and their local pharmacy to fill the prescription accurately. Unfortunately, pharmacists and staff members sometimes make mistakes when filling prescriptions. If the patient does not catch the error in time, the consequences can be severe.

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